Young Artist Competition

Each year the PSO recognizes an outstanding young artist residing within New Hampshire or the Seacoast region of Maine and Massachusetts (from Beverly to York). Open to high school orchestral instrumentalists including piano, guitar and saxophone, the Concerto Competition winner will perform their selection during the orchestra’s final concert of the season. 

To apply, print the Application and return with

  • Preliminary round video located online
  • Signed Application Form
  • Sealed letter of recommendation from current or most recent instructor (email from instructor is acceptable)
  • $25 non-refundable application fee made out to Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra (application fee can be waived; if in need please contact PSO)
  • Applicant must perform a single movement or equivalent (approximate guideline: 8-12 minutes) of a concerto with standard orchestra. The orchestral accompaniment must be available on IMSLP. Please email with questions about these requirements.

Postmarked or emailed no later than Friday, February 28, 2020, to:

Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra Att: Competition

PO Box 8391, Portsmouth, NH 03802

Final Round is Saturday, April 11, 2020 10am-12 at The Woods Campus, Riverwoods

Pictured is 2018-2019 winner Dacha Thurber on violin.


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